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36th Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival
July 19, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Hiawatha Music Co-op celebrates its 36th Traditional Music Festival on July 18, 19, and 20. Join us as we enjoy another weekend of Traditional Music at the lovely Tourist Park campground in Marquette. This is a family oriented, music filled weekend on the beautiful shores of the recently redesigned and filled Dead River Basin.
Each July, since 1984, the Hiawatha Music Co-op has invited musicians, families and guests from near and far to come to Tourist Park for a weekend of traditional music concerts, workshops and informal jam sessions. They call this the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival. In the past 31 years, families have grown, children have grown, babies have come and now one will find many campsites with 3 generations of family members, passing on the love of American Traditional music.
This year’s music promises to once again please everyone with local, regional, national musicians and world traveling musicians. The Mainstage on Saturday and Sunday will feature the music of Teada, Robin and Linda Williams, Ventucky String Band with special guests Frostbitten Grass, Hart, Harp & Bones, Run Boy Run, Good Lovelies, Susan Werner, Jonathan Byrd, The String Doctors, and the Woodland Sky Native Dance group. Music genres range from bluegrass to old timey to swing to Celtic/Irish to blues and individual singer/songwriters.
The Festival will kick off with the Friday-night dance, starting at 7 p.m., featuring foot stomping bands and lively dancing. In addition, most Mainstage performers, as well as local and regional musicians, will present small workshops throughout each day on Saturday and Sunday.
In the Teen Scene, Hiawatha’s younger set will enjoy dance and workshop appearances by the return of crowd pleaser Dragon Wagon and new to Hiawatha teen scene Tin Can Gin. Both bands will be featured at the Saturday night ‘Teen-only’ dance. Crafts and other activities designed for teens will also be featured. The youngest Festival-goers will enjoy a busy line-up in the Children’s Area, with child-friendly crafts and activites. Children’s Performers include local favorites Corrine Rockow and Jeff Krebs also know as Papa Crow, and children’s favorite Lake Effect, Wanda Degen and Frank Youngman.
Another important Festival tradition is the Artists in the Round art and craft show and sale. As always, this years artisans will offer a wonderful assortment of wares. This year, the Festival will also feature a Young Artists Corner that will feature juried craft show and sale.
A variety of food vendors will also be on hand to provide hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner fare as well as snacks and beverages.
To learn more about the Festival or to order tickets on-line, please visit the Hiawatha Music Co-op website at www.hiawathamusic.org. Tickets, camping registration for weekend ticket-buyers, volunteer sign-up forms and information about Hiawatha Music Co-op memberships are also available through the Music Co-op office at 129 W. Baraga Suite B. in Marquette. That’s just west of the Marquette Food Co-op and the U.P Children’s Museum; enter the door across the street from Garden Bouquet and Design. Expanded pre-Festival hours begin May 19th and are noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, through July 9th. Or you may call the Co-op at 906-226-8575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.